Knotz are the cure for rap music. If you want more than the same then Knotz are for you!
Knotz has started work on DreadChild's solo debut album "The Ladder" Slated for spring 2010
Dread Child's release "I Don't Make Believe" Feat. Nature "Formerly of the firm" produced by Don Wil coming soon. Also the release of the trailer for "War Gods" visit knotzmusic.com to view
The KNOTZ musical style is best described as the fusion between hard-hitting hip-hop street lyricism and official rude-boy dance hall flavor. Born to Jamaican parents and raised in New Jersey, Megaton (Jelani Parkins), Aswad Mikal the Black Angel (Gyasi Parkins) and Dreadchild (Kareem Parkins) are on a personal mission to revive the true essence of hip-hop through the use of masterfully delivered rhymes, catchy hooks, and intricate instrumentals guaranteed to move the crowd. Fans of Lost Boyz, Wu Tang, Tribe Called Quest, and The Fugees will almost certainly love KNOTZ.
KNOTZ members, however, are not new to creating and promoting music on their own terms. Their first large stage performance was in 1995 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana for a BET sponsored event "Catch Wreck '95". This was followed by the Download CD release under the group's independently owned record label Damali Records which sold over 5,000 units and was featured on over 47 underground and college radio stations generating a large fan base known affectionately by KNOTZ members as the,"Ruffians," Ruffians are loyal KNOTZ fans who often travel to see them perform live. In addition to the retail sales and radio success of Download, one particular track on the CD entitled,"Move", was also featured on Insomniac Magazine's EP, Strategic Infiltration.
A feature article on KNOTZ appears in the 2007 issue of The Music Phonebook. The group was also named as the Independent Artist Registry's 2007 "IndiE Award" winner for Independent Artist of the Year and they are featured on the IAR website as well.
2011: Dread Child releases new single feat. Nature called "I Don't Make Believe"
2010: Jan 13 Knotz instrumental to "If Ya Wit It" was featured on American Idol
2009: DreadChild of Knotz appeared on B.L.A.M DVD's theme song
2008: Knotz single "Come On Baby" ft. Logan and Frenzi selected by SYNCUP for licensing representation
2008: 11 songs selected for inclusion in the IDC catalog for licensing representation
2008: Signed a ringtone deal with Vio Mobile for affiliation with 128+ wireless carriers
2008: Opened for Chamillionaire on April 18 at Keene State College (Keene, NH)
2008: "The Bounce" by Knotz nominated for "Best Hip Hop/Rap Song" for the 2008 IAIA Golden Kayak Awards
2008: Nominated as a Finalist for "Best Duo/Group" for the Central PA Hip-Hop Awards
2008: Featured in Jenesis Magazine
2007: Knotz headline "The Cold War in Hip-Hop Concert"
2007: Open for Ja Rule
2007: Open for Papoose
2007: Knotz tour the East Coast on grassroots Antidote Hip-Hop tour.
2007: Featured in mid-September issue of An'R Magazine.
2007: Featured in 2007 Music Phone Book
2007: Jan Appeared on Bandradiolive.com # 1
2006: Independent Artist Registry Indie Artist Award Winners
2006: Performed at the Urban Musicnoize Conference
2006: Appeared in Mic Magazines vol 3.3 Mic Check section
2006: Dj Captain Celsius Mixtape, "Budunkadunk mixtape", released Poizunous Paragrafz Volume 1
2005: Singles "Bon Voyage" and "Crime in da City" are released on Dj Watts's mixtape Tommy's Way.
2003: Knotz perform at Penn Relays (Resurection of HipHop) opening for Common, Talib & J-Hood
1995: "Catch Wreck '95" RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana (BET).
(1999) Harvest Music "Knotz Landin"
(2000) Damali Records presents "Download: A KNOTZ Project" (full album)
(2002) Insomniac Magazine "Strategic Infiltration" track "Move"(single)
(2002) Dj Celcius mixtape-"Blackout Season"(single)
(2003) Insomniac Magazine "National Hip-hop radio CD" track " How we get down"(single)
(2003) Appearance on "DOA and the Break bandits mix tape" exclusive freestyle - KNOTZ
(2005) Dj Watts mixtape"Tommy's Way" (multiple tracks)
(2006) Dj Captain Celcius mixtape -The Bodonkadonk-"Bon Voyage"
(2006) "Poizunous Paragrafz Vol.1" (full album)
(2007) The Antidote EP
(2007) Insomniac Magazine Radio Compilation CD